April 2010 Blog Posts (195)

Rare Carl Sagan (1969): Mr. X

All images in this post are from Wikipedia and linked to Yves Tanguy.…



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Added by Atheist Exile on April 20, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

Lost a friend

I've moved around more than most. I've lived in four countries, two provinces, a canton, a district, four states (worked in six), twelve municipalities (pop 700 to 1 million) and made a large number of friends and acquaintances along the way. Of course, this also means I've moved away from a large number of friends and acquaintances as well.…
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Added by Howard S. Dunn on April 20, 2010 at 12:47am — 8 Comments

CHRISTAIN ~VS~ ATHIESTS!!!! LIVE DEBATE.

I had walked on my mom listening to a live debate on blogTV (or something) one night, and the first things i hear "God hates sins, not sinners." my question: why doesn't he hate the people who make these sins. they are his creations (or whatever) and he made them so F'd up. people hate their mistakes. so god DOES hate sinners.(ha)



and then the same christian man says that christian homosexuals don't deserve the right to marry! this made me very angry.



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Added by Fae (fay) Koay (koi) on April 19, 2010 at 10:19pm — 2 Comments

Nate Phelps

Nate Phelps is coming to Topeka this Saturday and we are getting as many people as possible from the Kansas City area together to go. On Sunday he will be coming to my place for a BBQ. All freethinkers and Recovering from Religion people are welcome. Please pass the word on to anyone you may know in the KC area, even if you live far away. Full information can be found at this link or contact me directly here on A/N.…



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Added by Darrel Ray on April 19, 2010 at 7:49pm — 1 Comment

Women to blame for earthquakes?

So for you women out there reading this… let me ask you the follow questions.…

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Added by Woody Bass on April 19, 2010 at 7:35pm — 3 Comments

How Sweden became so secular



A 1999 New York Times survey found that 75 percent of American respondents chose "having faith in God" as among their "most

important" values."…


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Added by Eric Saamanen on April 19, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Silk Purses and Sow Ears


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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 19, 2010 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Gay? No Civil Rights For You. (Have a Problem With That?)

The story of how elderly gay couple, Clay and Harold, were treated by the County of Sonoma in California could shock even the most homophobic. Using every legal protection available to them wasn’t enough to protect them from being separated at the end of Harold’s life. Clay was forcibly removed from his home, put in a nursing home against his will; all of his possessions were taken… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on April 19, 2010 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Is the US the Next Ash Hole?

The Iceland volcano with the easy to remember name, Eyjafjallajökull, is still spewing ash into the atmosphere. It has paralyzed European air travel; many airlines are losing 10's of millions of dollars daily. There are now some strong indicators that the cloud will find its way into US and Canadian air…

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Added by Jim DePaulo on April 19, 2010 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

"We wish to ensure scientific accuracy"

Recently, Bus Stop Bible Studies has begun a new campaign in Toronto. These new ads show some adolescent person looking distressed and lost, with a tag along the lines of "Do I need to go to church every Sunday?" and a push to visit AnswerMe.ca, where you can view an FAQ about God, and ask whatever questions you may have (moderated, of course). I've asked some; it will be interesting to see whether they publish them.…

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Added by Taylor on April 19, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

National Day of Prayer Ruling Causes Controversy

A fierce debate is raging over the decision by a Wisconsin district judge that deemed the forthcoming National Day of Prayer, scheduled for May 6th, as unconstitutional.



On May 5, 1988, then-President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law that enabled the nomination of the first thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer. At the time, the bill received bipartisan support but has since been challenged by a variety of groups.



The latest challenge to its continued… Continue

Added by Dan Sampson on April 19, 2010 at 1:35pm — No Comments

There's a Snake in that Tree

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[Photo of a rat snake in a young, live oak tree. They eat birds, bird eggs, tree rats, squirrels. In our own personal bit 'o paradise, do they represent evil? On that note, a ditty I wrote a few years ago . . . . ]

The Snake on God's Payroll

What is Christianity without original sin? Not Christianity, for there would have been no need for Jesus to be crucified to "pay" for that sin.

What is original sin without a snake to tempt Eve…

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Added by Andrew Bernardin on April 19, 2010 at 7:35am — No Comments

Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

Fire and Ice





Robert Frost (1874-1963)



Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.…
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Added by Secular Sue on April 18, 2010 at 11:56pm — 3 Comments

Religion gives pleasure!

Religion---it gave us stained glass, cathedrals, hymns, indoor candles, lots of gold objects to covet, the somber mutterings of Latin to awe us with our own ignorance, thick tapestries to keep Tudor houses warm, a historical record of naked people, The Ten Commandments aka the coolest camp movie of all time, Christmas as we know it in the post-pagan world, Easter eggs, chalices, great excuses for refusing to commit crimes (Dad would kill me), strange dances, somber cemeteries with weathered… Continue

Added by Christina Adams on April 18, 2010 at 10:49pm — 3 Comments

What evidence Muslims use to prove that Islam is true



I have mentioned many times here on Atheist Nexus about the social pressures to conform, and the cult-like nature of tradionalist Islam (isolationist, puritanical, exclusivist, controlling etc), and the many mind-control techniques employed by the religious people to ensure they retain power and the religion survives. However, underlying all this is the assumption that Muslims make that Islam is 'the true…
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Added by Murtad Fitri on April 18, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

My Debate with a Recently Converted Theist: "No words will ever persuade me to change my mind... God is not debatable when you believe..."

The Power of Belief:



"So long as a belief in propositions

is regarded as indispensable to salvation,

the pursuit of truth as such is not possible."



Mary Ann Evans, a/k/a George Eliot




A short exchange:



Ryan Batten

if I choose to believe in anything from a god to a stone, no words will…
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Added by Ory Stewart on April 18, 2010 at 6:16pm — 4 Comments

Sunday Sacrilege: Put the Pope on a Bench



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For his involvement/complicity in the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals, the Pope should be sent to his room without dinner. In the least. Maybe he should be made to sit in a corner during mass for an entire month. And be forced to wear a dunce cap all the while. Oh wait . . .

Legal prosecution? Nope. For HE sits on a throne.

I say put the MAN on a bench. Among all the other men of the earth. Treat him as you would all other…

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Added by Andrew Bernardin on April 18, 2010 at 9:26am — No Comments

Daffodils

"Daffodils" (1804)

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line

Along the margin of a…
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Added by Secular Sue on April 18, 2010 at 5:15am — 4 Comments

Look Ma, no sense...

I had every intention of actually updating this thing, but I decided it would be better to wait until I wasn't drunk. Might be awhile. (wait, is that right? Awhile? That looks weird written down).

Added by spacecoyote on April 17, 2010 at 11:48pm — 2 Comments

Teenage Muslim Girls Wearing the Veil

Muslim teenage girls are trained from an early age to wear the veil (niqab or niqaab).




Jameah Girls Academy is a school in Leicester, UK where Muslim girls study both the compulsory national curriculum and Islamic teachings. The sect of Islam followed is Deobandi, which is also…
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Added by Murtad Fitri on April 17, 2010 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

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